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Willie Mae Tolson

Willie Mae Tolson, 88, of Hillsboro, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 at Crestwood Ridge Skilled Nursing & Rehab. 

She was born Dec. 12, 1935 in Tennessee. 

Willie worked at Candle-lite for over 15 years and retired in 2000. She was a member of the Hillsboro Eagles Aerie 1161 Auxiliary, and she loved playing cards, bingo, baking cookies, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Willie is survived by her daughter-in-law, Sarah Shaffer of Hillsboro; two grandchildren, Brittany Shaffer of Hillsboro and Chris (Amber) Shaffer of Hillsboro; three great-grandchildren, Aryssia Knisley, Maddisyn Knisley and Memphis Knisley. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Shaffer; two sons, Jeffery “Jeff” Scott Shaffer on Oct. 5, 2018 and Doug Shaffer on March 18, 2013, and the father of the three great-grandchildren, DJ Knisley. 

A celebration of Willie’s life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. 

The Turner & Son Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit


Phil Roberts (not verified)

24 February 2024

Was Willey's neighbor for 17 years in New Market. Her husband "J" worked for me at the County Shopper for 6 years and her sons Doug and Jeff were the same age as my Boys Mitch and Mark, Condolences to the family

Shelly Allen (not verified)

25 February 2024

I’m sorry to hear about Willie’s passing. I worked with her many years ago at Candle-Lite. She was such a fun and terrific lady.

Erica Sellman (not verified)

2 March 2024

I just loved Willie. Such a spunky lady, always had a kind word and made me laugh every time I would see her. She was the best. Lots of love and hugs to her family & everyone she's touched

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